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“Fabulous meal”
Review of Aqua Restaurant

Aqua Restaurant
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Ranked #1 of 38 Restaurants in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$28
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Wine Bar, International
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: Our menu is created to bring you the freshest seasonal items available presented with a creative touch. Aqua’s small plates offer you an exciting array of tastes in ‘just right” portions ideal for passing around the table or enjoying two or three as a full meal. Aqua’s Big Plates feature "North Carolina seafood served stylishly" with the freshest local seafood and Choice Beef Filet, as well as local produce when it’s seasonally available. Aqua prides itself on offering fresh, local products and supporting our local fisherman and farmers.
Raleigh, North Carolina
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20 reviews
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“Fabulous meal”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

We loved Aqua. We are foodies and love to try new restaurants. The meal was truly flawless. Our family of 3 (mom, dad, 8 year old) had a reservation, and were seated promptly. We requested to sit in the screened in porch area, and were accommodated. We were served a taster of gazpacho and bread - delicious! Our salads were great, our small plates were interesting and flavorful, and the desserts were not only delicious, but extremely generous in portion size. The wine menu was good. There was a children's menu, although our son did not order off of it. I would highly recommend this beautiful little gem in Beaufort, and will definitely return.

Visited June 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Aqua didn't quite meet expectations. Maybe an off night?”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

OK, first lets say that the service was pretty good. Our server was great but some of the staff weren't that friendly (a little pretentious for what this place really is). The small plates were indeed very small (smaller than described by the server in my opinion) and not that special. Overall I think the food is pretty good but slightly overpriced. I would probably try them again next year...it seems to have potential...may have been an off night.

  • Visited June 2014
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Houston, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very Nice Experience”
Reviewed 3 June 2014

We had dinner here on a Friday night, May 30th. We didn't have a reservation and think we got there just in time because the place really got full in a hurry. The food, service, and decor were wonderful. Our booth was the closest one to the front door, and although it was pretty loud there, it was a great people watching perch. Lots of colorful characters were coming and going from the bar. We assumed they were mostly locals as they all seemed to know each other. I had the special that night. It was a type of fish that I had never heard of "coby?" Anyway, whatever it was called, it was a delicious white flaky fish served over cabbage with a pineapple salsa on top. Very yummy. The sailboat tour captain we had on Sunday told us that they only catch that kind of fish a few weeks out of the year. The waiter started us off with a sampler of a black eyed pea relish similar to what we call Texas Caviar (he may have called it North Carolina caviar). They have several drink specials on certain nights, and although I'm not typically a wine drinker, I think they had a discount on bottles of wine that night. Might explain the locals all flocking to the bar. I would definitely recommend this place.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Wannawrite
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 reviews
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“Delicious! So good we went twice in one weekend!”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

We decided last minute to head to Beaufort on Memorial Day Weekend. We made a reservation for Friday night at Aqua for 8:15. We arrived to town late afternoon, walked around, and we were hungry by 6:00. We took a chance and stopped in and they were happy to seat us right away. The service is great...the manager is outstanding. She found out this was our first trip to Beaufort and offered suggestions for sights we shouldn't miss. I would recommend the crab cake, the tomato pie, there was a shrimp dish with kale and lentils...honestly you can't go wrong. Saturday night we had a little trouble making a reservation anywhere because it was Memorial weekend. So we popped into Aqua and found a table at their bar...we were super happy with our dinner again. Had the watermelon salad, Caesar salad, crab cake again. We will definitely go back on our next trip to Beaufort!

  • Visited May 2014
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168 reviews
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“Pearl of the crystal coast”
Reviewed 24 May 2014

After trying practically everything in Beaufort over the years, we saved the best for last. Hands down, the best culinary experience on the crystal coast. The people are great from the manager to the servers and the kitchen staff. The cobia was excellent as was the crab cake. The small plates are fun and they have a great variety for everyone. The Wine list is well balanced and nicely done. Sit on the porch and listen the folk musicians from the adjoins pub. The porch is awesome. Close your eyes and your in Charleston, SC. We will be going back often.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank lewwjr
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